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Allergies/Food Intolerances

It is estimated that 50 % of the UK population suffer from a food intolerance and about 4 % experience an allergy.  Many people confuse food allergies with food intolerances and vice versa; many people are unaware that they are both two completely different reactions to food, as explained below;

Symptoms

Allergies tend to present an immediate reaction creating a immune response with symptoms such as tightening of the airways, swelling of the lips, coughing, wheezing or a runny nose and itchy red eyes being the most common, unfortunately the suffer will be permanently afflicted by the allergen.

Intolerances - Do not involve an immune system response or the release of Histamine; however the food has an adverse affect on the body which can appear up to five days of indigestion. Symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, weight gain, digestive trouble, depression/mood swings, sinus problems, skin disorders and arthritis can indicate a food intolerance.

As a food intolerence can normally be rectified it is important to ask why are you having such a reaction to certain foods?

At Alternative Living we can offer the following:

  1. Full diagnostic testing facilities offering food intolerance tests and allergy tests.
  2. Help with elimination diets and introduction recovery programme
  3. Investigate gut permeability,
  4. Search for bacterial microflora overgrowth in gut
  5. Inspect digestive capability
  6. Investigation of potential Candida Albicans
 

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